Psychiatrists in Fairfax, VA

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C&C Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22031
Hello, my name is Dr. Youjin Chung. I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar and other psychiatric disorders, and I use evidenced based treatment to find effective ways to help patients. I believe that everyone's situation is unique, so I create personalized plans to guide my patients toward feeling better. I also work to reduce the shame and silence that often surrounds mental health issues and practice culturally informed care tailored to each patient's background.
Hello, my name is Dr. Youjin Chung. I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar and other psychiatric disorders, and I use evidenced based treatment to find effective ways to help patients. I believe that everyone's situation is unique, so I create personalized plans to guide my patients toward feeling better. I also work to reduce the shame and silence that often surrounds mental health issues and practice culturally informed care tailored to each patient's background.
(571) 601-4520 View (571) 601-4520
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Tracie Grider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
Hello there, I am Tracie Grider, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Virginia. I have over 18 years of nursing experience mostly working in the mental health care field. My approach to treatment is collaborating with my patients to improve their mental health by providing education on the disease process, and medication use, as well as supporting overall wellbeing.
Hello there, I am Tracie Grider, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Virginia. I have over 18 years of nursing experience mostly working in the mental health care field. My approach to treatment is collaborating with my patients to improve their mental health by providing education on the disease process, and medication use, as well as supporting overall wellbeing.
(571) 462-6780 View (571) 462-6780
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Sonal Jagasia
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dr. Jagasia is a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about the care she provides to her patients. She has a special interest in treating adults who suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression, bipolar, generalized anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Her approach is unique as she utilizes both medications and mindfulness/cognitive behavioral approaches to treat her patients.
Dr. Jagasia is a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about the care she provides to her patients. She has a special interest in treating adults who suffer from mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression, bipolar, generalized anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Her approach is unique as she utilizes both medications and mindfulness/cognitive behavioral approaches to treat her patients.
(703) 870-2838 View (703) 870-2838
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Jinshil Kwak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am currently accepting new patients. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Virginia. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus on the management of depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders. I take a holistic approach to care and work to develop a supportive, therapeutic partnership with my patients.
I am currently accepting new patients. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Virginia. I work with children, adolescents, and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus on the management of depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders. I take a holistic approach to care and work to develop a supportive, therapeutic partnership with my patients.
(571) 570-8052 View (571) 570-8052
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Ahmed Jahangeer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am a Board-certified General Psychiatrist providing consultations and treatment to promote the wellness for all patients. I have extensive experience in almost all Psychiatric disorders from childhood through late adulthood. I'm very dedicated to help patients improve their symptoms, to function to their best ability, and to maintain a happy and healthy life. My focus is on a balanced approach between medicines and non-medicinal interventions, and to provide in-depth education and support to my patients.
I am a Board-certified General Psychiatrist providing consultations and treatment to promote the wellness for all patients. I have extensive experience in almost all Psychiatric disorders from childhood through late adulthood. I'm very dedicated to help patients improve their symptoms, to function to their best ability, and to maintain a happy and healthy life. My focus is on a balanced approach between medicines and non-medicinal interventions, and to provide in-depth education and support to my patients.
(571) 339-5606 View (571) 339-5606
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Suvi S Hyytiainen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
I have psychiatric provider experience in long term care and as an attending at the inpatient psychiatric unit. I also worked as A-GNP with geriatric consult service at the hospital setting. Geriatric patients are always close to my heart. I have experience in helping patients from 17 years old and up.
I have psychiatric provider experience in long term care and as an attending at the inpatient psychiatric unit. I also worked as A-GNP with geriatric consult service at the hospital setting. Geriatric patients are always close to my heart. I have experience in helping patients from 17 years old and up.
(571) 454-5595 View (571) 454-5595
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Dr. Ifeanyi Olele - Genesis Psychiatric Solutions
Psychiatrist, DO, MBA, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
Thank you so much for considering Genesis Psychiatric Solutions. It is really a big step. Here are some reasons why people contact us: We work with busy professionals, healthcare workers, entrepreneurs, influencers, and creatives that are dealing with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, workplace stress/burnout, grief or trauma, OCD, and ADHD. We do not see you as a disorder, but a person who wants to improve their quality of life. We factor your total wellness and address it in your treatment.
Thank you so much for considering Genesis Psychiatric Solutions. It is really a big step. Here are some reasons why people contact us: We work with busy professionals, healthcare workers, entrepreneurs, influencers, and creatives that are dealing with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, workplace stress/burnout, grief or trauma, OCD, and ADHD. We do not see you as a disorder, but a person who wants to improve their quality of life. We factor your total wellness and address it in your treatment.
(571) 200-5305 View (571) 200-5305
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Humaira Siddiqi
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22031
I take a warm, thoughtful, and calm approach to patients and their challenges. When you give more of yourself than you should and the world demands more than you can offer, your mind and body will work to adapt to stress. It helps to learn about the signals your body and mind are sending you. We can identify these by understanding the interplay between medications and emotional awareness. I encourage you to explore the different services offered. Schedule your free 15min Phone Consultation by visiting my website www.elevatehealthmd.org/appointments
I take a warm, thoughtful, and calm approach to patients and their challenges. When you give more of yourself than you should and the world demands more than you can offer, your mind and body will work to adapt to stress. It helps to learn about the signals your body and mind are sending you. We can identify these by understanding the interplay between medications and emotional awareness. I encourage you to explore the different services offered. Schedule your free 15min Phone Consultation by visiting my website www.elevatehealthmd.org/appointments
(571) 487-8785 View (571) 487-8785
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22032
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(855) 918-0775 View (855) 918-0775
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Camtran Huynh
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
Camtran Huynh, PA-C graduated as a Physician Assistant from Shenandoah University in Virginia. Prior to joining the Neuropsychic Wellness Center, she was a hospitalist at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, treating both chronic and acute conditions. She also took the initiative to obtain her certification as a Brain Injury Specialist to enhance care for traumatic brain injury patients. With her experience in providing comprehensive primary care to a diverse patient population, Cammy is able to meet the needs of psychiatric patients in a holistic way that includes the body, the brain, and the mind.
Camtran Huynh, PA-C graduated as a Physician Assistant from Shenandoah University in Virginia. Prior to joining the Neuropsychic Wellness Center, she was a hospitalist at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, treating both chronic and acute conditions. She also took the initiative to obtain her certification as a Brain Injury Specialist to enhance care for traumatic brain injury patients. With her experience in providing comprehensive primary care to a diverse patient population, Cammy is able to meet the needs of psychiatric patients in a holistic way that includes the body, the brain, and the mind.
(571) 410-3827 View (571) 410-3827
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My Wellbeing Mental Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Hannah, Do you suffer from anxiety and depression? If you are suffering from anxiety and depression and struggling to keep up with your work, relationship with family and friends, I am here for you. I help high performers like you to manage depression, anxiety, and mood disorders to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Hi there, I'm Hannah, Do you suffer from anxiety and depression? If you are suffering from anxiety and depression and struggling to keep up with your work, relationship with family and friends, I am here for you. I help high performers like you to manage depression, anxiety, and mood disorders to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
(571) 789-0145 View (571) 789-0145
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(571) 200-4158 View (571) 200-4158
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Norman M Jacobowitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22033
Accepting New Patients! Psychiatric Medication Management for patients age 18-64. Serving Fairfax, Centreville, Falls Church, Vienna, Springfield and Arlington. If you need help for any general psychiatric condition, I'm here to help!
Accepting New Patients! Psychiatric Medication Management for patients age 18-64. Serving Fairfax, Centreville, Falls Church, Vienna, Springfield and Arlington. If you need help for any general psychiatric condition, I'm here to help!
(571) 620-5647 View (571) 620-5647
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Melanie Yousefi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. I use a personalized treatment approach involving psychotherapy and/or medication management that meets your unique needs. I believe in meeting you where you are, focusing on your strengths, and working with you to achieve your goals. This involves treatments that are evidence-based, holistic, and aimed towards your overall wellness.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. I use a personalized treatment approach involving psychotherapy and/or medication management that meets your unique needs. I believe in meeting you where you are, focusing on your strengths, and working with you to achieve your goals. This involves treatments that are evidence-based, holistic, and aimed towards your overall wellness.
(571) 536-7742 View (571) 536-7742
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Jack Seed
Psychiatrist, MD
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am currently accepting new patients for telehealth appointments only. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults. I have expertise in working with a variety of mental health conditions: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia and others. Although I work primarily to evaluate and treat with medication as needed, I have deep respect for the benefits of psychotherapy. I trained mostly at St. Louis University and had expert teaching in providing high quality medication management and psychotherapy.
I am currently accepting new patients for telehealth appointments only. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults. I have expertise in working with a variety of mental health conditions: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia and others. Although I work primarily to evaluate and treat with medication as needed, I have deep respect for the benefits of psychotherapy. I trained mostly at St. Louis University and had expert teaching in providing high quality medication management and psychotherapy.
(571) 620-6362 View (571) 620-6362
Anil Hinnaria
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22031
Are you experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, addiction issues or any mental health issues? Untreated mental health and addiction can lead to worsening quality of life, relationship issues, interpersonal conflicts, decrease performance at work and school and mental health crisis. Do you want restore your happiness & mental wellbeing?
Are you experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, addiction issues or any mental health issues? Untreated mental health and addiction can lead to worsening quality of life, relationship issues, interpersonal conflicts, decrease performance at work and school and mental health crisis. Do you want restore your happiness & mental wellbeing?
(703) 429-2477 View (703) 429-2477
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Veronica Doran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
I recently changed my schedule and now have immediate availability! I am a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP- BC) who works mainly with children and adolescents but I am trained to see young adults as well. I have 20 years of experience working in an inpatient setting with children, adolescents and their families. My experiences in mental health care throughout the lifespan in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings has helped me develop a rich understanding of the unique challenges in this population.
I recently changed my schedule and now have immediate availability! I am a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP- BC) who works mainly with children and adolescents but I am trained to see young adults as well. I have 20 years of experience working in an inpatient setting with children, adolescents and their families. My experiences in mental health care throughout the lifespan in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings has helped me develop a rich understanding of the unique challenges in this population.
(571) 701-1706 View (571) 701-1706
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Brittany Piccicacco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030  (Online Only)
I am accepting new patients and utilizing telehealth via Zoom and Doxy. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. My professional focus is to understand each patient’s unique story in order to make appropriate diagnoses and incorporate psychopharmacology into an integrative treatment plan. I work primarily with children, adolescents, and their families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, thought disorders, autism spectrum disorder, academic and social difficulties. I work to transform their challenges into opportunities for growth.
I am accepting new patients and utilizing telehealth via Zoom and Doxy. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C. My professional focus is to understand each patient’s unique story in order to make appropriate diagnoses and incorporate psychopharmacology into an integrative treatment plan. I work primarily with children, adolescents, and their families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, thought disorders, autism spectrum disorder, academic and social difficulties. I work to transform their challenges into opportunities for growth.
(571) 777-0116 View (571) 777-0116
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Melissa Tortorice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with children, adolescents and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus in management of depressive, bipolar and anxiety disorders. I takes a holistic approach to care and work to develop a therapeutic partnership with my patients. I emphasize age-appropriate medication education and make sure to take time to ensure that patients of all ages understand what medication they are taking, why they are taking it, what it does in their body and what the potential side effects are.
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with children, adolescents and adults and treat a range of psychiatric diagnoses with a focus in management of depressive, bipolar and anxiety disorders. I takes a holistic approach to care and work to develop a therapeutic partnership with my patients. I emphasize age-appropriate medication education and make sure to take time to ensure that patients of all ages understand what medication they are taking, why they are taking it, what it does in their body and what the potential side effects are.
(571) 559-7251 View (571) 559-7251
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Dilys Chebe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Fairfax, VA 22030
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths, harness into your available resources, while getting the symptoms under control. At inspire behavioral health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 556-7704 View (571) 556-7704

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fairfax, VA

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Fairfax, VA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
94% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% ADHD
74% Trauma and PTSD
66% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
86% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fairfax, VA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairfax?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.